Mr Cornyn, also co-chair of the India Caucus, and his congress colleagues have just returned from a visit to India and South East Asia where they experienced first hand the challenges of China.
China is embroiled in a “border war” with India and poses a serious threat to its neighbors, top Republican lawmaker John Cornyn has told the US Senate, detailing his visit to New Delhi and Southeast Asia to understand the challenges facing countries face in the region.
senator mr. Cornyn, also co-chair of the India Caucus, and his conference colleagues have just returned from a visit to India and Southeast Asia, where they experienced first-hand the challenges China poses.
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“The most urgent and serious threats are directed against countries closer to China’s borders,” Cornyn told Senate members on Tuesday.
“Last week I had the opportunity to lead a congressional delegation that visited Southeast Asia to better understand the threats and challenges in the region,” he said.
“It (China) threatens the freedom of navigation in international waters and is guilty of gross human rights violations against its own people, namely the Muslim minority Uyghurs. It is engaged in a border war with India and threatens to invade the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan,” said Mr. Cornyn.
Cornyn said they traveled to India, where “we met with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and cabinet officials to discuss threats to China and other shared priorities.” The border standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies broke out on May 5 last year after a violent clash in the Pangong Lake areas and both sides gradually strengthened their commitment by pouring in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weapons.
As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the process of withdrawal in the Gogra area in August and in the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong in February.
However, India and China failed to make progress in resolving the deadlock in the remaining points of friction in eastern Ladakh during their 13th round of military talks on Oct. 10.
In the Philippines, he said, they were taking a Navy plane ride in disputed waters.
Within minutes of leaving Philippine airspace, they spotted a Chinese spy ship gathering intelligence off the Philippine coast.
Threat to Taiwan
Mr Cornyn said that during the visit “one of the most important topics was the timetable for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.” “Taiwan is in every way a stark contrast to the People’s Republic of China. It is a true democracy, with elections whose results are not predetermined. It is a free market economy that adheres to the rule of law and the same basic values that we have in the United States. embrace – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, religion and assembly,” he said.
During the trip, Mr Cornyn said he and his colleagues had the opportunity to hear from the military leadership and key foreign partners in the region and gain a better understanding of the ongoing and anticipated security threats, primarily from China.
China has already co-opted a formerly democratic Hong Kong; that is building missile batteries and runways for its bombers on artificial islands in the South China Sea, he said.
Beijing claims almost the entire 1.3 million square miles of South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars in international trade passes annually. China has built military bases on artificial islands in the region also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
China has hindered commercial activities such as fishing or mineral exploration by countries like Vietnam and the Philippines, claiming ownership of the territory belonged to China for hundreds of years.
Over the past five years, China has been rapidly building artificial islands with significant military infrastructure on low-lying reefs. The United States has criticized China for militarizing the islands by building long airstrips used by fighter jets and deploying anti-aircraft missiles.
The US has insisted on preserving freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and has sent military flights, naval patrols and training missions around the strategically vital region.